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AHR American Historical Review

EHR English Historical Review

HJ Historical Journal

HR Historical Research

JBS Journal of British Studies

JEH Journal of Ecclesiastical History

JMH Journal of Modern History

PP Past and Present

SHR Scottish Historical Review

SCJ Sixteenth Century Journal

TRHS Transactions of the Royal Historical Society
General Bibliography: http://www.h-net.org/~albion/bibs/bib-tudor-stuart.html
Document Collections:

  1. D. Cressy and Ferrell, Religion and Society in Early Modern England (1996)

  2. G. Elton, The Tudor Constitutions (2nd ed., 1986)

  3. C.H. Firth and R.S. Rait, eds., Acts and Ordinances of the Interregnum, 1642-60 (2 vols. 1911)

  4. S.R. Gardiner, ed. The Constitutional Documents of the Puritan Revolution

  5. R. Houlbrooke, ed., Family Life in Early Modern England: an Anthology of Contemporary Accountrs, 1576-1716 (1988)

  6. S. Hull, Women According to Men (1996)

  7. J.F. Larkin and Hughes, ed., Stuart Royal Proclamations of James I (1973)

  8. Larkin, Stuart Royal Proclamations, (1625-46), (1982)

  9. J.P. Kenyon, The Stuart Constitution (2nd ed., 1986)

  10. G.W. Prothero, Statutes and Constitutional Documents, 1558-1625 (4th ed., 1913)

  11. B. Rosen, Witchcraft in England, 1558-1618, (1991)

  12. J. R. Tanner, Constitutional Documents of the Reign of James I (1960)

  13. A.S.P. Woodhouse, ed., Puritanism and Liberty; being the Army Debates, 1647-9 (3rd ed, 1986)

Also See:

Public Records Office Publications. Calendars of State Papers

Journals of the House of Commons and House of Lords

Historical Manuscripts Commission Reports

Pollard and Redgrave, the Short Title Catalogue

English Historical Documents, vols. 4-10







http://www.folger.edu/Home_02B.html http://www.folger.edu/institute/on_the_web.cfm

I: General Works

A) England

  1. S. Brigden New Worlds, Lost Worlds: the Rule of the Tudors 1485-1603: New Penguin History of Britain (2000)

  2. C. Clay Economic Expansion & Social Change: England 1500-1700 2 vols (1984)

  3. C.S.L. Davies Peace, Print and Protestantism, 1450-1558 (1976)

  4. G.R. Elton Reform and Reformation: 1509-1558 (1977)

  5. G.R. Elton. England Under the Tudors (1974)

  6. J. Guy Tudor England (1988)

  7. J. Guy (ed.) The Tudor Monarchy (1997)

  8. Dale Hoak. Tudor Political Culture. (Cambridge 1995).

  9. J.R. Lander Government and Community in England, 1450-1509 (1980)

  10. D.M. Loades Politics and the Nation: 1450-1660 (1974)

  11. D.M. Palliser The Age of Elizabeth: England under the Later Tudors,1547-1603 (2nd ed., 1992)

  12. J. Sharpe Early Modern England: a Social History (1987)

  13. P. Williams The Tudor Regime (1979)

  14. P. Williams The Later Tudors: England 1547-1603 (1995)

  15. K. Wrightson English Society: 1580-1680 (1982)

  16. J. Youings Sixteenth-Century England (1984)

B) Ireland, Scotland and Wales

1. N. Canny From Reformation to Restoration: Ireland 1534-1660 (1987)

2. G. Donaldson Scotland: James V.VII (1965)

3. S.G. Ellis Tudor Ireland: 1470-1603 (1985)

4. J.G. Jones Early Modern Wales, c.1525-1640 (1994)

5. M. Lynch Scotland: a New History (1991)

6. T.M. Moody, F.X.Martin, F.J.Byrne A New History of Ireland: vol. 3, 1534-1691

7. T.C. Smout A History of the Scottish People (1969)

8. G. Williams Recovery, Reorientation and Reformation in Wales, c.1415-1642 (1987)

9. J. Wormald Court, Kirk and Community: Scotland 1470-1625 (1981)

C) Formation of Britain

1. B. Bradshaw & J. Morrill (eds) The British Problem, c.1534-1707 (1996)

2. B. Bradshaw & J. Morrill (eds) British Consciousness and Identity (1998)

3. S. Ellis . .Not Mere English. The British Perspective 1400-1650. History Today

(Dec 1988)

4. S. Ellis Tudor Frontiers & Noble Power: the Making of the British State (1995)

5. S. Ellis & S. Barber (eds) Conquest and Union: Fashioning a British State,1485-1725


6. W. Ferguson Scotland.s relations with England, to 1707 (1977)

7. A. Grant & K.J. Stringer (eds) Uniting the Kingdom? The Making of British History (1995)

8. R.A. Mason (ed) Scotland & England (1987)

9. M. Nicholls A History of the Modern British Isles:1529-1603: the Two Kingdoms (1999)

10. J.G.A. Pocock .British History: a plea for a new Subject. JMH 47 (1975)

11. J. Wormald .The Creation of Britain: multiple kingdoms or core and colonies?. TRHS,

6th ser., 2 (1992).
II: WARS of the Roses

  1. Questions

    1. “The Wars of the Roses were the result not so much of royal weakness as of ‘Bastard Feudalism’”. Discuss.

    2. ‘The King’s Personality was central to political stability in the later fifteenth century.’

    3. Discuss. 'There was no significant change in the status and power of the English nobility between 1471 and 1509'. Discuss

    4. Was anything new in Yorkist government?

    5. Why did the English Crown change heads so soften 1461-85?

    6. Does Edward IV deserve his good reputation?

    7. Did the revival of effective kingship after 1471 owe more to the Henry VII than to Edward IV?

    8. What lessons did Edward IV learn from his overthrow in 1470?

    9. Why was Richard III unable to keep his throne?

    10. Can Richard III be defended?

  2. General Bibliography

CSL Davies, Peace Print and Protestantism

F Du Boulay, An Age of Ambition: English Society in the late middle ages

MH Keen, England in the Later Middle Ages

JR Lander, Government and community: England 1450-1509

JAF Thompson, The Transformation of Medieval England

  1. The Wars

Christine Carpenter, The Wars of the Roses (2005)

Christine Carpenter The Wars of the Roses: Politics and the Constitution in

England, c.1437-1509 (1997)

JG Gillingham, The Wars of the Roses

“” , ‘Discontent and dethronement: England and Wales, 1376-1415’

and ‘The Wars of the Roses’ in Falkus and Gillingham, eds, The Historical

Atlas of Great Britain

RL Storey, The End of the House of Lancaster

KB MacFarlane, “The Wars of the Roses” in Proceedings of the British Academy

50 (1964)

Some useful articles:

TB Pugh, ‘The magnates, knights and gentry,’ in SB Chrimes, ed, Fifteenth-

century England

KB MacFarlane, “Bastard Feudalism” in Bulletin of the Institute of Historical

Research, 20 (1945)

WH Dunham, “Lord Hastings’ indentured retainers’ in Transactions of the

Connecticut Academy of Arts & Sciences, 39 (1955).

C Carpenter, “The Beauchamp Affinity: a study of bastard feudalism at work” in

EHR, 95 (1980)

RA Griffiths, “Local Rivalries and national politics” in Speculum (1968)

GL Harriss, “The Struggle for Calais,” HER 75 (1960)

RA Griffiths, “The sense of dynasty in the reign of Henry VI” in Ross, ed,

Patronage, Pedigree and Power

DAL Morga, ‘The King’s affinity in the polity of Yorkist England.’ In Transactions

of the RHS, 23 (1973)

KP Walton, “The Wars of the Roses,” in Frank W. Thackeray and John E.

Findling, eds., Events that Changed Great Britain from 1066-1714,

(Connecticut: Greenwood Publishing Group, 28 February 2004), chapter 7.

  1. Character of the King

C.D. Ross Edward IV (1974)

CD Ross, Richard III

RA Griffiths, The Reign of Henry VI

BP Wolffe, Henry VI

SB Chrimes, Henry VII

R Lockyer, Henry VII (seminar studies)

R. Horrox Richard III: a Study of Service (1989)

M.M. Condon .Ruling elites in the reign of Henry VII. in Patronage, Pedigree

and Power in Later Medieval England, ed. C.D. Ross (Gloucester, 1979)

or in The Tudor Monarchy, ed. J.A. Guy (London, 1997)

  1. Also

PA Johnson, Duke Richard of York 1411-1460

JG Bellamy, Bastard Feudalism and the Law

RA Griffiths, ‘The king’s court during the wars of the Roses’ in RG Asch and AM

Burke, ed., Princes, patronage and the nobility

SB Chrimes, Lancastrians, Yorkists and Henry VII

SB Chrimes, ed., Fifteenth Century England

D Cook, Lancastrians and Yorkists

AJ Pollard, ed., The Wars of the Roses

C Carpenter, Locality and Polity: a study of Warwickshire landed society, 1401-


A Goodman, The Wars of the Roses

MK Jones and MG Underwood, The King’s mother: Lady Margaret Beaufort

JMW Bean, From Lord to patron: Lordship in late medieval England

III: Henry VII and VIII

  1. Questions

    1. How did Henry VII secure the Tudor Dynasty in England

    2. “Henry VII installed not only a new dynasty but also a new form of government.” Discuss

    3. How did the results of the Wars of the Roses affect developments in England from 1485-1547?

    4. How did finances affect the reign of Henry VII

    5. ‘The Politics of the reign of Henry VIII were Court politics.’ Discuss.

    6. How did Henry VIII’s ego affect his politics.

    7. How popular was the early reformation?

    8. Was Henry VIII truly a mover in the Protestant Reformation?

    9. Marie de Guise rejected Henry VIII’s offer of marriage by saying, “though tall, my neck is not long enough to be his wife.” How did Henry’s marriages affect England and his own reputation?

    10. 'The opponents of the Henrician Reformation had no common cause'. Discuss.

  1. Politics

1. G. Bernard War, Taxation and Rebellion in Early Tudor England:Henry VIII, Wolsey and the Amicable Grant of 1525 (1986)

2. G. Bernard, .Elton.s Cromwell. History 83 (1998)

3. B. Bradshaw .The Tudor Commonwealth: Reform and Revision. HJ 22 (1979)

4. S.E. Brigden .Popular Disturbance and the Fall of Thomas Cromwell and the Reformers., HJ 24 (1981)

5. M.L. Bush .Tax Reform & Rebellion in early Tudor England. History 76 (1991)

6. M.L. Bush The Pilgrimage of Grace (1996)

7. A. Cameron .Livery and Retaining in Henry VII.s Reign., Renaissance and Modern Studies (1974)

8. S.B. Chrimes Henry VII (1972)

9. C. Coleman & D. Starkey (eds) Revolution Reassessed (1986)

10. M.M. Condon .Ruling Elites in the reign of Henry VII. in C.Ross (ed.) Patronage, Pedigree and Power in Later Medieval England (1979)

11. G.R. Elton Studies in Tudor and Stuart Politics and Government 3 vols (1974, 1983)[almost all the pieces on the Henrician period are relevant, but see especially the trio on 'Tudor Government: the Points of Contact in vol. iii] + 'Politics and the Pilgrimage of Grace' in Studies, vol. Iii

12. G.R. Elton Reform and Renewal (1973)

  1. G.R. Elton Policy and Police: the Enforcement of the Henrician Reformation (1972)

  2. A. Fletcher & D. MacCulloch Tudor Rebellions (4th ed., 1997)

  3. A. Fox & J. Guy Reassessing the Henrician Age (1988)

  4. M.A.R. Graves The Tudor Parliaments: Crown, Lords and Commons,1485-1603 (1985)

  5. 17. S. Gunn .The French Wars of Henry VIII. in J.Black (ed.) The Origins of War in Early Modern Europe (1987)

  6. S. Gunn 'Peers, Commons and Gentry in the Lincolnshire Revolt of 1536' PP 123 (1989)

  7. S. Gunn .The Courtiers of Henry VII. EHR 108 (1993)

  8. S. Gunn .The Structures of Politics in Early Tudor England., TRHS 6th ser 5 (1995)

  9. S. Gunn Early Tudor Government (1995)

  10. S. Gunn & P.Lindley(eds) Cardinal Wolsey: Church, State and Art (1991)

  11. J.A. Guy The Public Career of Sir Thomas More (1980)

  12. J.A. Guy .The Tudor Commonwealth: Revising Thomas Cromwell. HJ 23 (1980)

  13. P. Gwyn The King's Cardinal: the Rise and Fall of Thomas Wolsey (1990)

  14. E.W. Ives Anne Boleyn (1986)

  15. E.W. Ives .The Fall of Anne Boleyn Reconsidered. EHR 107(1992)

  16. M. James 'Obedience and Dissent in Henrician England' in his Society, Politics and Culture in Early Modern England (1986)

  17. J.R. Lander Crown and Nobility, 1450-1509 (1976)

  18. J.R. Lander The Limitations of Late Medieval Monarchy (1989)

  19. S.J. Lehmberg The Reformation Parliament 1529-36 (1970)

  20. J. Loach Parliament under the Tudors (1991)

  21. D. Luckett & S. Walker (eds) .Crown Office and Licensed Retainers in the Reign of Henry VII. in R.Archer , Rulers and Ruled in Late Medieval England(1995)

  22. D. Luckett, Crown Patronage & Political Morality in early Tudor England. EHR 110 (1995)

  23. D.MacCulloch (ed.) The Reign of Henry VIII (1995)

  24. T.B. Pugh .Henry VII and the English Nobility. in G.Bernard (ed.) The Tudor Nobility (1992)

  25. J.J. Scarisbrick Henry VIII (1968)

  26. J.J. Scarisbrick .Cardinal Wolsey and the Commonweal. in E.W.Ives et al.(eds) Wealth and Power in Tudor England (1978)

  27. R. Schofield .Taxation and the Political Limits of the Tudor State. in C.Cross et al. (eds) Law and Government under the Tudors (1988)

  28. D. Starkey The Reign of Henry VIII: Personalities and Politics (1985)

  29. D. Starkey .The Age of the Household: Politics, Society and the Arts. in S.Medcalf (ed.) The Context of English Literature: the Later Middle Ages (1981)

  30. D. Starkey .Intimacy and Innovation: the Rise of the Privy Chamber. in idem (ed.) The English Court from the Wars of the Roses to the Civil War (1987)

  31. D. Starkey .Court, Council & Nobility in Tudor England. in R.Asch & A.M.Birke (eds) Princes, Patronage & Nobility (1991)

  32. B. Thompson, (ed.) The reign of Henry VII (1995)


  1. Religion

    1. M. Aston Faith and Fire: Popular and Unpopular Religion, 1350-1600 (1993)

    2. M. Aston England.s Iconoclasts (1988)

    3. M. Bowker 'Lincolnshire 1536: Heresy, Schism or Religious Discontent' in Studies in Church History, vol. 9 (1972)

    4. M. Bowker The Henrician Reformation: the Diocese of Lincoln under John Longland 1521-1547 (1981)

    5. S. Brigden London and the Reformation (1989)

    6. S. Brigden 'Youth and the Reformation' PP 95 (1982)

    7. P. Clark English Provincial Society from the Reformation to the Revolution: Religion, Politics and Society in Kent 1500-1640 (1977)

    8. P. Collinson (ed.) The Reformation in English Towns, 1500-1640 (1998)

    9. C. Cross Church and People in England: 1450-1660 (1976)

    10. C. Cross .Monasticism and Society in the Diocese of York, 1520-1540., TRHS 5th ser. 38 (1988)

    11. C.S.L. Davies 'The Pilgrimage of Grace and Popular Religion' in VI D 7 below.

    12. R.G. Davies .Lollardy and Locality., TRHS 6th ser. 1 (1991)

    13. A.G. Dickens The English Reformation (2nd ed. 1989)

    14. A.G.Dickens .The Early Expansion of Protestantism in England. Archiv fur Reformationgeschichte 78(1987)

    15. E. Duffy The Stripping of the Altars: Traditional Religion in England, 1400-1580 (1992)

    16. C. Haigh The English Reformation Revised (1987)

    17. C. Haigh English Reformations: Religion , Politics and Society under the Tudors (1993)

    18. C. Haigh Reformation and Resistance in Tudor Lancashire (1975)

    19. F. Heal & R. O.Day Church and Society in England: Henry VIII to James I (1977)

    20. F. Heal Of Prelates and Princes: the Economic and Social Position of the Tudor Episcopate (1980)

    21. P. Heath The English Parish Clergy on the Eve of the Reformation (1969)

    22. A. Hudson The Premature Reformation: Wycliffite Texts and Lollard History (1988)

    23. Clare Kellar, Scotland, England and the Reformation, 1534-61 (2004)

    24. D. Knowles The Religious Orders in England vol.iii (1959)

    25. P. Lake and M. Dowling (eds) Protestantism and the National Church in C16th England (1987)

    26. D. MacCulloch Suffolk under the Tudors (1986)

    27. D. MacCulloch .England. in A.Pettegree (ed.) The Early Reformation in Europe (1992)

    28. D.MacCulloch Thomas Cranmer (1996)

    29. C. Marsh Popular Religion in 16th century England (1998)

    30. Peter Marshall, Beliefs and the Dead in Reformation England (2005)

    31. Peter Marshall, Reformation England, 1480-1642 (2003)

    32. R. O'Day and F. Heal (eds) Church and Society in England: Henry VIII to James I (1977)

    33. G. Redworth .Whatever Happened to the English Reformation?. History Today 37 (1987)

    34. R. Rex Henry VIII & the English Reformation (1993)

    35. J.J. Scarisbrick The Reformation and the English People (1984)

    36. Ethan Shagan, Popular Politics and the English Reformation (Cambridge UP, 2002)

    37. W.J. Sheils The English Reformation, 1530-1570 (1989)

    38. Kathy Shrank, Writing the Nation in Reformation England (2006)

    39. R.N. Swanson Church and Society in Late Medieval England (1989)

    40. 35. K.V. Thomas Religion and the Decline of Magic (1971)

    41. 36. J.A.F. Thompson The Early Tudor Church & Society, 1485-1529 (1993)

    42. 37. R. Whiting The Blind Devotion of the People: Popular Religion &the English Reformation [on religious change in South-West England] (1989)

    43. G. Williams Wales and the Reformation (1997)

IV: Edward and Mary: The Little Tudors

A) Questions

  1. Why did the Tudor people Rebel against their rulers?

  2. Was there an Educational Revolution in the mid-16th century?

  3. ‘”Continuity” is scarcely more helpful than “crisis” in characterizing the years 1547-58.’ Discuss.

  4. What were the religious changes under the little Tudors

  5. How did international relations affect the reigns of Mary and Edward?

A: Politics: Edward and Mary

  1. B.L. Beer Rebellion and Riot: Popular Disorder in England during the Reign of Edward VI (1982)

  2. G. Bernard .The Downfall of Sir Thomas Seymour. in idem (ed.) The Tudor Nobility (1992)

  3. C. Brady The Chief Governors: the rise & fall of Reform Government in Tudor Ireland, 1536-1588 (1994)

  4. M.L. Bush The Government Policy of Protector Somerset (1977)

  5. J. Cornwall The Revolt of the Peasantry, 1549 (1977)

  6. D.E. Hoak The King's Council in the Reign of Edward VI (1976)

  7. D.E. Hoak .The King.s Privy Chamber, 1547-53. in De Lloyd Guth & J.McKenna (eds), Tudor Rule and Revolution (1982)

  8. H. James .The Aftermath of the Coup of 1549 & the Earl of Warwick.s Intentions., HR 62 (1989)

  9. W.K. Jordan Edward VI: the Young King (1968)

  10. W.K. Jordan Edward VI: the Threshold of Power (1970)

  11. J. Loach and R. Tittler (eds) The Mid-Tudor Polity, ca. 1540-1560 (1980)

  12. J. Loach Parliaments & the Crown under Mary I (1986)

  13. J. Loach A Mid-Tudor Crisis? (1992)

  14. J. Loach Edward VI (1999)

  15. D.M. Loades Two Tudor Conspiracies (1965)

  16. D. M. Loades The Reign of Mary Tudor (1979)

  17. D.M. Loades Mary I (1989)

  18. D.M. Loades The Mid-Tudor Crisis, 1545-1565 (1992)

  19. D. MacCulloch 'Kett's Rebellion in Context' PP 84 (1979)

  20. G. Redworth ..Matters impertinent to women.: male & female monarchy under Philip & Mary. HER 112 (1997)

  21. J.M Richards .Mary Tudor as .Sole Quene.?: gendering Tudor Monarchy. HJ 40 (1997)

  22. E. Russell .Mary Tudor and Mr Jorkins., HR 63 (1990)

  23. L. Stone 'Patriarchy and Paternalism in Tudor England' JBS 13 (1974)

  24. R. Tittler The Reign of Mary I (1983)

  25. R. Tittler & S.Battley .The Local Community & the Crown in 1553: the Accession of Mary Tudor Revisited., HR 57 (1984)

  26. J. Whitney Jones The Mid-Tudor Crisis (1969)

  27. J. Youngs .The South-Western Rebellion of 1549., Southern History, 1 (1979)

IV: Scotland & Women’s Rule:

    1. Questions

    1. What was more important to the Scots in the 16th century: religion or politics?

    2. How were the Scots able to maintain independence during the 16th century?

    3. Did Somerset’s drive for a “Great Britain” end up having a result on its ultimate occurrence?

    4. Was Mary Queen of Scots truly a failure? How was she influenced by her gender and her politics?

    5. Was the political structure of Scotland truly stable before the reign of Mary Stuart?

    6. How did the deposition of Mary affect Scottish politics and religion in the 2nd half of the 16th century?

    7. What were the debates about Women’s Rule in the 16th Century?

    8. Did women in power affect the growth of the nation-state in the Early Modern Period? (see books under Mary and Elizabeth)

    9. Was the Early Modern Period beneficial or harmful to the status of women?

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